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Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT review

Barry de la Rosa
24 May 2010
Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
591
inc VAT

It's not a bad computer, but it's slow compared to the competition and the screen quality wasn't very good

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Specifications

1.66GHz Intel Atom D510, 2GB RAM, 20in 1,600x900 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The 20in Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT, like the company's Eee PC netbook range, uses an Intel Atom processor, which helps reduce power consumption and means the computer can fit in a smaller case, and it's a very thin computer that's barely bigger than a standard monitor.

A paddle on the rear is hinged on a spring to allow for a range from about 100degrees to 120degrees of tilt. It also has the effect of increasing the amount of space the ET2010PNT takes up, so you'll need to allow for up to 185mm of depth. We weren't enamoured by the ET2010PNT's looks: a silver plastic back panel is oddly matched with a glossy black bezel, and the striped plastic stand looks like it was bolted on as an afterthought. It's odd that Asus hasn't included VESA mounts, as the ET2010PNT would be ideal for attachment to an adjustable stand or wall mount (the separate ET2010PNT-B038E has a wall-mount option).

Asus has used the latest Atom processor: the D510. This has two physical cores and two virtual cores from Hyper-Threading, appearing as a quad-core processor in Windows. It has the same 1.66GHz speed as previous Atom chips. While the processor supports up to 4GB of RAM, ASUS has fitted just 2GB.

That said even with two cores and Hyper Threading, the ET2010PNT isn't that powerful scoring just 25 overall in our benchmarks. This is fine for email, web browsing and some light office work, so the amount of RAM should prove sufficient.

Although the processor has integrated Intel graphics, Asus has opted for an Nvidia ION graphics chipset. This can't handle games, but can decode HD video, which is well suited to the screen's 1,600x900resolution. This resolution is high enough to work comfortably on and provides plenty of desktop space. It’s a touchscreen with multi-touch support, so that you can use Windows 7 gestures, such as pinching to zoom. We're not entirely convinced by touchscreens on desktop computers, but the support's there if you want to use it.

While the display is decent enough for watching movies, we found it wasn't as bright as we'd like, and colours lacked punch, with some fading towards the edge of the screen. There are image quality controls accessible via a Menu button underneath the screen, and we found setting colour to sRGB and turning brightness to the maximum helped a lot. If you want to plug another device into the screen, there's an HDMI input.

The ports and optical drive are neatly tucked away behind each side, with two USB ports, audio sockets and a memory card reader on the left side. Four more USB ports are on the rear, although one of these will need to be used for the wireless dongle, so that you can use the wireless mouse and keyboard. We found the mouse far too small, and the keyboard's keys were far too springy and its half-height Enter key caught us out a few times.

The touchscreen still seems to us like a gimmick, as without decent touch-enabled software, using Windows is made no easier. It does have its place - for use as a second computer in the kitchen, for example - but for general use, switching between using a keyboard and mouse and touching the screen is clumsy.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Atom D510
Processor external bus166MHz (665MHz DMI)
Processor multiplierx10
Processor clock speed1.66GHz
Processor socketSocket 437
Level 1 cache2x 56KB
Level 2 cache1024KB
Memory2
Memory typeDDR2
Maximum memory2GB
MotherboardAsustek ET2010PNT
Motherboard chipsetIntel NM10

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11b/g/n
Other portsminijack audio output, minijack microphone input

Internal Expansion

Caseall-in-one
PCI-E x1 slots (free)0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)0 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports0
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Seagate Barracuda (ST3500418AS)
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Nvidia Ion
Graphics/video portsnone

Sound

SoundIDT HD Audio
Sound outputsstereo line out
Speakersintegrated

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC
Optical drive modelHL-DT-ST GT30N
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL DVD-RAM

Display

Viewable size20 in
Screen modelintegrated
Native resolution1,600x900
Response time5ms
Screen inputsHDMI

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardAsus KU-0902
MouseAsus N6-mini

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£591
Supplierhttp://www.kikatek.com
Detailsuk.asus.com

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